Weekend escape – Adelaide Hills

It did not take much convincing to sign up for a girl’s weekend to Adelaide, Australia, following a friends’ suggestion, that we visit our mutual friend living there.  After all Lonely Planet has declared South Australia as one of its top five regions of must travel. A long weekend presented itself and the efficient mums that we are, had the husbands and kids sorted for a quick escape. ​​
I Love travelling as a family whenever finances and time permit, however one of the  perks of my previous job, was an annual kid free trip, which was such a treat. So this little weekend away was going to make up for it (yup, it’s not not Kenya or Argentina, but great company trumps destination sometimes).  A short uneventful Tiger Air flight from Melbourne to Adelaide with carry-on, got the weekend started. 

Ms S. picked us up from the Airport and whisked us off to the Adelaide Hills, set within the picturesque Mt. Lofty ranges. The area is dotted with gorgeous wineries just waiting to be explored, along with small towns such as Stirling and the historical german town of Hahndorf. 

Here are some suggestions of things to do, which we managed to include within our short getaway. 

Day 1 – Saturday – Winery & Hahndorf: 

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Wineries:
The first pitstop was a wine tasting at the glorious Shaw + Smith winery in Balhannah, with endless views of of the rolling hills, it offered the perfect setting for a wine tasting experience. The region’s climate is well suited to the production of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, as we are all mostly white wine drinkers this suited us perfectly.  
​We had pre-booked our tasting session (wine flight), which for $18 each, included a tasting of four of their wines along with a cheese platter. 

There are of course other wineries to choose from, however none quiet grabbed us after this first experience in the Adelaide Hills. 


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Hahndorf:
Following our wine tasting, our lovely host Ms S. took us to the gorgeous town of Hahndorf. The town still displays its historical german influence dating back to the mid 1800. As you stroll down the main street you can still find historical links.  It does get very busy on weekends so arrive early or later to avoid the midday lunchtime crowds.  There are eateries and plenty of little shops to visit as you stroll along, check out The German Village Shop.  A must pit stop is, the Menz Fruchocs shop, a South Australian icon (chocolate balls with a fruit centre), especially important if you have kids back home waiting for your return.  Alternatively you may prefer to duck into the the fudge shops to satisfy your sweet tooth.   

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Adelaide:
We actually spent very little time in the the city of Adelaide, as we were too happy to be exploring on the outskirts. We did venture into the city for dinner and it so happened that our visit coincided with the Adelaide Fringe festival, which was busy and colourful. We explored the town and did a spot of shopping at the street arts and crafts stalls before settling in for dinner at the Taj Tandoor in Rundle Street (try the malai kofta, one of the best I’ve had). 
Day 2 – Stirling – Adelaide Hills
Getting to Stirling from Adelaide is quick and easy, we left early in order to catch the monthly market, but first things first, a coffee boost was needed to hit the ground running.  The cafes were all very busy, that even the staff at the Stirling Hotel sent us to the back alley for a speedier option! We were directed to the Cellars & Patisserie (rear of the Stirling Hotel). A gorgeous store with great coffee and beautiful pastries, ordered to go. A coffee and croissant in hand, we then explored the lovely market and local shops. 
The Stirling Market – is held on the fourth Sunday of the month (except in December) – see link for details. From April to September on the same day there is the Stirling Laneways market which adds to the great vibe of this little town. 

We then headed back to Adelaide for a late lunch (hosts’ home) before a late drop off to the Airport for our return flight home. 
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Do you plan kid-free escapes?  Why is it important to you – share your thoughts! 

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